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lves united, as one people, and they referred to a Union then already in being. Looking still further back in the record of events, we find that on the 5th of September, 1774, the Continental Congress, composed of delegates from all the Colonies except Georgia--which was afterwards represented — was convened in Philadelphia. in a series of brief propositions, which are conclusive: 1. When the people of the Colonies appointed the delegates who assembled as a Congress on tile 5th of September, 1774, the Colonies were mere dependencies of the British crown, and therefore were not sovereign. 2. That Congress was, de jure and de facto, a government ovthat the States have only such powers of sovereignty as, in the words of the Constitution, are not prohibited by it to the States. Here, then, from the 5th of September, 1774, to the present hour, has been a clear and steady assertion of the sovereign power of the Nation, paramount to the powers of Colonies and States. Daring a